SINGAPORE, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a congratulatory letter on Thursday to his British counterpart Theresa May on her appointment.
"Singapore is a longstanding partner and friend of the United Kingdom. We share deep historical ties and common interests in many areas," he wrote, adding that both countries have strong security and economic cooperation and they will continue to seek opportunities that provide shared prosperity for both peoples.
Lee further stressed that Singapore has welcomed the expansion of major British corporations into the growing Asian market through the lion city.
"All these relationships are underpinned by the strong people-to-people ties and the historical and cultural links we share. I am sure that these longstanding links will continue to flourish under your leadership," he wrote.
May became the 13th British prime minister Wednesday under Queen Elizabeth II's reign. She replaces David Cameron who stepped down after leading a failed campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union.